156 Squadron Mission Details
Target: Essen
Mission Date: 5/03/1943
Mission Comments: 11 a/c detailed for operations: All took off but one a/c (W/C HOOKWAY DFC) failed to return.
Rego Type Captain Departed Over Target Height Returned Flight Time Comments ORB Slide
W4851  Lancaster I  F/Lt KEARNS  19:05  21.09  20000  22:55      111 
W4856  Lancaster I  F/Lt GOODLEY  19:05  21.05  22500  22:50      111 
LM304  Lancaster I  S/L HOOKWAY  19:08          T/o 1908 Warboys. Crashed near Munchengladbach where all were laid to rest in the Stadtfriedhof. Their graves are now in Rheinberg War Cemetery. P/O Hart's award had been gazetted on 9th February 1943, while that for Sgt Heap was not published until 24th April 1945. An experienced bomber crew their average age was 28.  111 
W4854  Lancaster I  W/O ANDERSEN  19:10  21.16  19500  23:35      111 
W4894  Lancaster I  Sgt. WALLIS  19:15      23:20      111 
W4882  Lancaster  F/O VERDON-ROE  19:20      23:20      111 
W4902  Lancaster  Sgt. STEWART  19:25  21.25  20000  23:40    Hazy but no cloud. T.I. green in bomb sight at 21.25hrs and bombed from 20,000 ft. Our 4,000 lb bomb was seen to explode. Two huge explosions were seen on the target and the vicinity of the aiming point was a mass of fires and black smoke. Flak was intense heavy with many S/L's. At 2125 hrs an A/C was seen to burst into flames and crash.  112 
W4891  Lancaster  S/L WHITE  19:30  21.23  21000  23:15      112 
R5912  Lancaster  Sgt. WENDON  19:35  21.29  18500  23:50    At 2207 hrs T/E A/C was seen approx 300 yds above on a reciprocal course. Captain turned to port and lost height and A/C was not seen again, no action. Heavy flak over target with about 100 S/L's.  112 
W4896  Lancaster I  F/Sgt WHITE  19:35  21.34  20000  23:30      112 
W4849  Lancaster I  W/O HORAN  19:40  21.38  19500  23:40      112